Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Up On the Roof

8"x8" oil 
I was having a discussion with another artist yesterday about those paintings that just keep nagging you to do something.  I know a lot of artists ditch them when they don't behave, but I am of the inclination to just leave them hanging around until I figure it out.  This is one of those pieces and I am glad I didn't give up on it, because I like where it took me.

Monday, August 3, 2015


5"x10" oil
I painted this plein air last fall of a hill of sumac bushes but it took me until now to finally paint in the black lines.  The coolest thing about painting plein air is that when you go back to look at the paintings you can remember how you felt, how the light hit and how it smelled.  I love the look of sumac bushes in every season.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Striking the Pose

4"x6" oil
This pose she is holding must say something about her personality.  She froze for a moment, enticed by those picnickers across the park who were playing a lawn game, knowing she had reached her permissible boundary and she caught my attention and I am sure that I caught someone's attention wondering why I was photographing her...and it goes on and on.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Little Mothers

6"x6" oil
I was watching these little girls at the park.  The one face us had a popular type of doll and she was totally in to it.  Her friend, who had the same doll with different colored hair, treated hers like an inconvenient accoutrement.   So even though I called this painting "Little Mothers" it might be more appropriate to cal it 'little mother and her single friend!'

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Working Together

4"x6" oil
We call it play, they call it work.  They are diligent gardeners, pulling up plants and planting weeds.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Backyard Fun

30"x48"  acrylic SOLD
This is quite large and I really wanted to approach it more stylized and graphic.  I made a number of changes before I delivered it, and forgot to take a photo, but you get the idea.
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